New Zealand Leader Sorry For Cannibal Joke : The Two-Way New Zealand's prime minister has had to drop a cannibal joke from his humor repertoire after it upset some of his citizens. Prime Minister John Key's knee slapper, told from the podium at a tourism conference, was that if he had visited with membe...
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New Zealand Leader Sorry For Cannibal Joke

New Zealand's prime minister has had to drop a cannibal joke from his humor repertoire after it upset some of his citizens.

Prime Minister John Key's would-be knee slapper, told from the podium at a tourism conference, was that if he had visited with members of a Maori tribe whose ancestors were known for cannibalism, HE would have been dinner. You know, the other white meat.

The Associated Press reports on the reaction:

Maori lawmaker Te Ururoa Flavell said the joke was unfortunate and would add to the Tuhoe's sense of injustice.

"Well, the first thing to say is, it's probably correct, and the second thing is - probably not wise in the current climate," Flavell told National Radio.

Such criticism made led to an apology from Key. Again from the AP:

"It was a lighthearted joke, a bit of self-deprecating humor," he told reporters. "But if anyone is offended, then I deeply apologize."

Cannibalism just seems to bring out the humor in some people. Or at least attempts at it. Consider the line in the reporter's script from the AP video above:

New Zealand's Prime Minister was trying to crack a joke but some saw it in poor taste, no pun intended.

Actually, that pun feels like it was very much intended. But I really don't have a bone to pick with that reporter, so to speak.